One of the best feelings in the world is not only watching your friends succeed, but collaborating with them to do awesome things. A few years ago, while at my friend Larry's baby shower (just a few months after Andrew and I started Toy Bacon), I connected with his brother, Mike, who was just about to take his woodworking craft to the next level. He seemed to like the custom Zelda print I made for his brother, and brought down a few pieces including an awesome Goku woodburning! We chatted about content creation, the process, some branding ideas, and more. We connected here and there at other social gatherings and agreed that the time would come for us to work together. Fast-forward to present day, and we finally made it happen. A mashup of his knack for woodcarving, my passion for photography, and our shared fandom for The Legend of Zelda.
Mike, aka M.A.DtheMaker, reached out to collaborate after he was commissioned to create a new project. A relief carving of the iconic, Hylian Shield. For those who know how much of a Nintendo and Zelda fan I am, it's obvious I wouldn't pass on that offer. We exchanged messages, set the production date, and made it happen.
When I started sharing my work online, I would only post pics of finished products. Where's the fun in that !? My approach is quite the opposite now...Some of my favourite pics are progress shots 👌👌Check out this Hylian Shield ! Im excited to watch it come to life soon with some colour. Until then, more hand tool work!
Take a look at how some of the pics turned out!
We're really proud of our work, each other, and how this all came together! If you agree, drop us a comment or share this with a friend.
Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with M.A.DtheMaker dropping this Friday!